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post #7 of Old 11-24-2013
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Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

If I wanted a winter project I'd look at panel replacement if your's is an older boat. That's what I did with mine, in fact I redesigned the electrical distribution in the process to be more reliable. My 70's era boat wasn't up to current ABYC standards for example the panel back was exposed. Then there was the on-off-both power switch for which there are better alternatives. In the process I got to check out every wire and get it properly labeled and fix corrosion issues. There was also some safety things like adding a sloblo fuse for engine starting power which while not required is a safety issue nonetheless. The problem I came across was space. On smaller boats a manufactured panel may not fit into your old space and you may need to relocate it. I had time so I built my own panels, not too hard but takes time.

Walt Elliott
Kingston WA
Puget Sound
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